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CMR starts new year with spirit

Culture shock: Foreign language department uses world as classroom (pg. 8)

Foreign Faces: Nine exchange students join CMR community (pg. 9)

Ready Rustlers: Sports teams prepare for busy season (pg. 11)

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voice it

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student government beat

New Rustlers make mark, returning Rustlers keep traditions, pride alive As we bring summer to a close, we begin yet another journey, opening our doors to a new class of Rustlers who will create their own unique identity and make their own impression upon CMR. The start of the academic year comes with robust athletic practice, a rekindled Rustler pride, and a Homecoming on the horizon. As we engage in homecoming celebration, choose our royalty, and partake in class projects, we must keep in mind that Homecoming is as much a celebration for current students as it is for those who graced our hallways in bygone eras. Thus let us remember to go forth this year with a strong commitment to the excellence that is markedly “Rustler” in nature.

In keeping with that pride and spirit as we come together as a community, we at the Stampede welcome the new faculty members

Our 2Cents and students who are the heart of our mission here at CMR. We encourage you to learn more about our publication which has a long tradition of journalistic excellence and serves as a clearinghouse for news regarding CMR and Great Falls. In keeping with the demands of contemporary journalism, this year we are also unveiling a comprehensive online presence at www.rustlernews.

com. The website will include all coverage found in our print edition plus many features exclusive to the website. We encourage students, faculty, alumni, and community members to check our website for up-to-date sports coverage, news feed, and upcoming Rustler events. We will unveil our new website in its entirety in late September. The Stampede has a long-standing commitment to serving you, our readership, in bringing to you the news that defines “Rustler history.” Our staff is willing to go to great lengths to bring the news to you, the news that will define your “Rustler journey.” Welcome to a great year, CMR.

Expressing your opinions in print, letting your voice be heard One of the great things about human beings is that they can always be counted on to have at least one thing: an opinion. Whether it’s regarding a flag burning amendment to the United States Constitution, BP’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, or the price of a lunch in the cafeteria, if it’s an issue, someone will have an opinion on it. Journalists are no strangers to having opinions, nor are they strangers to having the opportunity to write their feelings down and share them with the world. However, with the opinion section of the Stampede, that chance gets extended to not only the students of CMR, but also the staff and any other members of the community involved in, or affected by the school.

As our opinion flag so nicely states, voicing your opinion is something that’s amazing, and I’m not just talking about staff members expressing theirs. I want to hear what you have to say! So let me know! Either come talk to me, or stop by room 326, and let us know what you have to say. If you have a letter to the editor, feel free to submit your signed letter that is under 200 words. Or come talk to me, and we could work out a guest column. Either way, let me know what’s on your mind. I can’t wait to hear it!

With the new school year upon us, Student Government has a lot of new and exciting tasks ahead; however first and foremost on everyone’s mind is Homecoming. This year’s official theme is ‘Street Names’ and the class themes are Sesame Street (seniors), The Yellow Brick Road (juniors), Broadway (sophomores), and Hollywood Boulevard (freshmen). Homecoming lasts from September 27 to October 1 and is highlighted by the hallway decoration Monday night, dress up days, the coronation ceremonies, powder puff, the Homecoming parade and, of course, Friday night’s football game, CMR vs. Helena Capital. With so much to do and so little time Student Government would LOVE to get your thoughts and time to make this year a success. If you’re interested in helping out, listen to the morning announcements for meeting times.

Aly Hutchinson

Student Body Secretary/Treasurer

editor-in-chief tim seery

visual content editor nick green

news/opinion editor katie hodges

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features editor shayna leonard

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The Stampede, published approximately every four weeks, is a public forum for all voices on campus. These voices include the students, parents, faculty and the community at large. The opinions and views in this publication are not necessarily those of the Stampede staff, the student body, CMR employees or the school administration. The Stampede strives to cover the news accurately and fairly; however, when a mistake is made, a correction will be printed in the following issue. All writers are responsible for the content of their articles. Editors will edit all copy

to be free of plagiarism and libel, and all writers will double-check their facts before publication. The Stampede accepts letters but limits the length to 200 words. The Stampede reserves the right to edit all letters; anonymous letters are not accepted. The Stampede maintains membership in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, the Journalism Education Association and Quill and Scroll. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/KRT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

Kloppel reflects on 11 years of leadership With the 2010-2011 school year just beginning, Stampede reporter Lindsey Buck sat down with Principal Dick Kloppel to discuss his goals and plans for CMR. Q: How long have you been working at CMR and in what different positions? A: “I’ve worked here as a principal, and this is my eleventh year.” Q: What impact has working at CMR had on you? A: “I think I have come to appreciate the magnitude of the quality. Not the magnitude and quality, but the magnitude of the quality, of the staff and students that go here; and I’m not In his eleventh year at CMR, Principal Dick Kloppel aims to focus on decreasing the school’s just talking about any particular one class. The drop-out rate. Photo by Lindsey Buck. staff since I’ve been here has probably had a two-thirds turnover, but the students turn over every four years. A quarter of them turn over every year. The quality of kids that come here and the incredible tradition that this high school has and stands for is probably the most impressive thing that I’ve seen here.” Q: What new changes have been made to the school over the summer? A: “Not nearly as much as in past years. Obviously the staff parking lot was resurfaced this year just like the student lot did last year. Projectors are all hung on second floor. Those are probably the two biggest things.” Q: What are some goals you have for this school year? A: “I want to really develop our focus and attention approach to allowing kids to pursue career strands at CMR. I really want to focus on

our drop out rate. We have a very low drop out rate, but it’s still too many. I want to address that. I really want to continue to see academic and activity success. We had a banner year last year, and the year before we had a banner year. I want our kids to leave here ready for the year after high school, whether that may be college or a vocational area. I want them to walk out here knowing what they’re going to do and having a good solid plan.” Q: How do you think the students will react to the new changes around the school? A: “As far as physical changes, they probably aren’t going to notice a lot. As far as the change to allow them to be more focused, and classes more linked, I think they will really like that.” Q: How are classes more linked this year than last? A: “So you go to English class, and it connects to the Science class you just came out of, which connected to the math class you just came out of, which connects to this elective that you’re in. It’ll do two things. “Why do I have to take this?” They’ll never ask that question, because it’s evident in every class. The other thing is, kids will know what path they do not want to go down. They’ll know that early; they won’t waste two years of college finding it out. Q: What do you think your greatest accomplishment as principal in the past 11 years has been? A: “There are several things that have been accomplished while I’ve been here. I’m not going to put my thumb on it and say it was mine. Raising and continuing to raise the level of performance of our students when they walk out of here has been something that’s been a major accomplishment. I think the facility, just the physical plant, has improved. Since I’ve been here we’ve put new seats in the auditorium, we have all new curtains, and all of the curtain apparatus is new. We have a new state of the art video productions lab. When I came here there was one computer lab in the building that had 30 computers that had internet access. Every computer today has internet access, wireless internet access. When I came here we had zero college level classes and a limited number of college credit and A.P. courses. We now have 42 job shadows, when you are a junior you will do a job shadow. We didn’t have that when I came here. We have more professional development of staff than any school in the state. I think the development of the programs, the Med Prep program, the link between science and technology, is a huge accomplishment. I think the other thing that I really appreciate is the voice the students have at CMR. The student voice is very, very strong here, and that should be continued.”

New teachers,staff join Rustlers in 2010 Kristi Gange, Lindsey Buck and Stephanie Davis

Daniel Rediske is the new teacher in the science department this year. Rediske went to Capital High School in Helena, and graduated in 2001. He attended MSU Bozeman for his post-high school education, where he received a Broadfield Science Secondary Education Degree. Rediske now teaches foundation of science classes in Room 322. He said he is excited to “motivate students to careers in science”. Phil Schatzka is a C.S.C.T. counselor who is beginning his first year working at CMR. He is the school’s new therapist. Originally from Havre, Schatzka has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montana State University. He said he is excited about meeting new people and students in this upcoming school year. Tim Willey is a familiar face at CMR. He is teaching sophomore and junior English this year. Last year, he took a leave of absence in order to spend more time with his family. Willey has a son that returned from Afghanistan last year, and he also has a daughter who is finish-

ing her last year of college. Her husband is being deployed to Texas. Willey is spending more time with his family, and he has also been writing a novel with English teacher Scott Clapp. When asked what he was looking forward to, he said, “I’m trying to think of something I’m not excited about.” First time teacher Brittany Deffinbaugh is one of the many new teachers CMR is welcoming this year. She received a math degree from Montana Tech in Butte and will be teaching Algebra I and Algebra Prep. Deffinbaugh, who graduated from Great Falls High in 2005, said she is excited to learn about CMR’S traditions this year. A 1972 CMR graduate, Vickie McMickle has returned to the school for the role of teaching this year. McMickle earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a special education endorsement and will be teaching collaborative English and one collaborative Government class. She is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and the posi-

tive environment. “The school spirit is unbelievable.” Joseph May, a student teacher for choir director Barbara Swaby, is from Great Falls. He will be helping Swaby teach choir classes this fall. During the morning he will be working as a student teacher at East Middle school. May is currently studying at Montana State University, and he will graduate and get his degree in December. May said he is looking forward to working with high school students for the first time. Levi Johnson will be student teaching with Brad Packer and Kerry Zanto. He will be assisting with intermediate Algebra, Geometry, and Math Literature. John Muri is student teaching with Paula Olsen in the P.E. and health department. Other new staff include: Chris Evans, drama; Lisa Frank, Spanish; Charelle Beatty, Native American to home coordinator; Abby Chubulek, CSCT; Lisa Foscue, CSCT

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Writing a ticket on the second day of school, SRO Jason Mitchell cracks down on discipline. Photo by Kristi Gange.

Mitchell begins third year as CMR officer kristi gange

When picturing a police officer walking down the halls of your school, “approachable” isn’t the word that comes to most people’s minds. But that is exactly how Detective Jason Mitchell would like the students of CMR to think of him. “Sometimes people can’t look past the badge and the gun and see the person,” Mitchell said. After eight years on duty with the Great Falls Police Department, Mitchell was promoted to the position of the School Resource Officer at CMR. He has been in this position for two years and plans to stay until promoted to a better position or possibly until retirement. Mitchell’s main goal for this year is to provide a safe environment for students to get an education. He would also like to minimize theft and drug abuse occurring at CMR. With two kids of his own in the public school system, Mitchell treats the students of CMR the way he would want his children’s SRO to treat them. Mitchell said he helps the faculty and students of CMR in any way he can. “The key word in the name is resource.”

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Memories of a Rustler Drama department recalls Devin Spriggs on stage katie hodges

A thread of humanity that brought life to countless characters onstage was lost this summer in Devin Spriggs. Spriggs, who died in a drowning accident on the Missouri River July 28, helped characters from Doc Gibbs in “Our Town” to Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple” come alive on stage at CMR. He graduated May 30 with the class of 2010, with plans to go on to major in drama at the University of Montana. Stacey Bergquist, Spriggs’ former drama teacher, remembers him as being a person who made characters easy to relate to. “He found the thread of humanity that ran through all the characters, and that’s what made them so real and so believable,” Bergquist said. “He tied that into his own humanity.” Along with “Our Town” in the fall of 2010 and “The Odd Couple” in the spring of 2010 Spriggs also portrayed Tom Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie” in the spring of 2009. Bergquist counts those three as Spriggs’ strongest performances. Although Spriggs was a strong actor, Bergquist remembers how he could not keep hold of his script, to the point where Spriggs’ lost script became a running joke in the department. “I was always marveling at how he memorized his lines,” he said. Fellow actress Kimberly Stanfield, a senior, remembers Spriggs as a talented actor, but she also remembers him as a “good guy” with a “distinct philosophy.” “He was so open to everything,” Stanfield said. “He

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had an open mind, but he would never condemn others for their thoughts.” Stanfield describes Spriggs as being “very chill about everything,” although she also said that “it was really hard to get in an argument with him and walk away winning.” Spriggs death has affected the entire drama department. “When we found out, it was such a shock,” Stanfield said. “Why him, of all people?” Although the department does not have any concrete plans made in Spriggs’ memory, she says that “we’ll always be living in his memory. He taught us a lot.” Stanfield also believes that his death brought the department together. “I think it made us stronger as a family,” Stanfield said. “It definitely taught us to look past people’s imperfections because they do have a lot to teach us.” It is the funny side of Spriggs that fellow 2010 graduate Zack Jarvis remembers. Jarvis acted alongside Spriggs as Felix Ungar in “The Odd Couple.” “[The role of Oscar] let Devin be the funny guy he really is,” Jarvis said. Jarvis recalls how Spriggs would often laugh onstage during performances. “It was fun working with him because he did laugh on stage,” Jarvis said. “You could tell when he was acting [that] he was supposed to be there.” “He put himself into every character while making the character his own.” In the end, Jarvis said that Spriggs was a great guy, and that it was a pleasure to have acted with him. Bergquist echoed this. “We all loved him in the department, and we’re all going to miss him. It’s a terrible, tragic loss.”

Preparing for the show, Devin Spriggs gets ready for “The Odd Couple” on Mar. 12, 2010, above. Below, Spriggs joins in a group exercise to get pumped up for the show. Photos by Beth Britton.

Chris Evans takes over director’s chair megan bernhardt

When Chris Evans heard there was a job opening in Great Falls, at CMR no less, he jumped at the chance to come back to his stomping ground. The 1983 CMR grad is the new drama teacher, taking over for the retired Stacey Bergquist. “A very popular teacher retired, this slot opened up, and they picked me,” Evans said of his new job position. Evans said he very excited about the school year. He’s most excited about the talent level of the students currently in drama. “To see the talent level that is here right now, that Mr. Bergquist cultivated, it’s like being handed a Christmas present three months early.” Evans wants to try some new things this year, and introduce students to things they’ve never done before. “I cannot be Stacey Bergquist. He’s a friend of mine, and it would do him a disservice to be a carbon copy of him,” Evans said. Evans’ mantra is, “My way is not THE way to act. My way is A way to act.” This phrase is his phrase to live by in his teaching. This year, the Advanced Drama students will be doing “Monologue Fridays,” where they must recite a memorized monologue to the class. Evans will also “steer [the class] more towards performance [during class].”

Evans’ background consists of a teaching style of “how to build a decent actor from the ground up.” “Our job as teachers is to give students tools to work with,” he said. His teaching style and beliefs will be influential in many areas of the drama department this year. One aspect of this change is the fact that all drama students will have to audition for the plays. “I believe that part of the education in learning is by doing,” Evans said. “I’m going to let them know that things are going to be different.” Evans’ personal goal is “to do my job and to do it well. I love this stuff! [I’m going to] let [the students] know that this is their place,” he said. The drama department will be performing a musical in the spring, a pretty heavy drama in the winter, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare – Abridged in November. “The play is normally done with three men;” however, Evans is going to switch up the script to allow for more characters. These selections are “all in pencil” currently, but the Complete Works of Shakespeare - Abridged is a guarantee. Evans said he’s looking forward to the shows, and they are New drama teacher and 1983 CMR grad Chris “Not your daddy’s high school shows.” Evans now leads the department and is ready for the spotlight. Photo by Meg Smith.



Three travelers share their foreign experiences in Germany, France, Costa Rica

Germany: Old country, new attitudes

Sitting against the backdrop of the Austrian-German country side, the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp stands as a solemn reminder of Germany’s darkest hour. Photo by Tim Seery.

tim seery

Standing in a dark room, paint peeling off the wall, a low ceiling overhead, my soul was as heavy as it has ever been. I was standing in a room responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 innocent lives. I was standing in the middle of the gas chamber at the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp 12 miles east of Linz, Austria on the Austrian-German border. I may have been standing in the very spot where 70 years ago an 18-year old boy, very much like myself, could have become a victim of one of the world’s darkest hours of history, a time where a strong resilient people where fooled by a cruel regime. Mauthausen stands amidst fertile pastures and villages, and is set against the backdrop of the distant Alps. However for me, Mauthausen and the landscape surrounding it personified Germany. It is a nation known by Americans for its darkest hours; however those hours are surrounded by pastures of beauty, culture, music, and art. While touring the palace of the House of Hapsburg and Beethoven’s childhood

Jungle trekking in Costa Rica ashton olson, guest writer

Hot humid weather, coffee, and black beans and rice, these are the main things that stand out in my head when I think of Costa Rica. On June 13, four CMR students; Alex Erpenbach, grade 12, Darcy Lacy, grade 11, Brian Spencer, graduate, and I along with Anna Brown, a graduate from Cascade high school, and Charlie Gaare left for San Jose, Costa Rica. As we got off the plane, the heat hit us. By the time we were on our way to the hotel, I already could see the many differences between America and Costa Rica. For one, all the streets were really narrow, and the cars would go as they pleased, ignoring the stoplights. Our group had a saying, M.O.D., meaning “move or die.” Another difference was the food. The portions were much smaller than in the U.S. Also, every meal had black beans and rice. Additionally, there were no fast food restaurants other than in the big cities. While there, we saw authentic dancing

by children and adults. The children compete all across Costa Rica. They said that was the only time they had ever been outside their city. Most of Costa Rica is covered in rainforest; so of course, we were out exploring a lot. The best part about the rainforest was being able to ride the zip line through it, although it was somewhat nerve racking to be so high up. Not only was there a rainforest but there was also a beach. While walking to the beach we saw many wild animals, including 3-toed sloths and monkeys. On our last day there we went whitewater rafting. Along with being extremely fun, it was quite scary. Not too far down the river our guide and I both fell off. Though I came out unscratched, his eyebrow had been cut open. All in all, the trip was an amazing experience. I’m so happy that I was able to go to their country and experience their culture in a hands-on way.

Taking in the local color, spanish clubers frequent a local shop in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010. Photo courtesy of Ashton Olson.

home are critical to a complete tour of the German speaking world, it is walking through the suburbs of Munich, attempting to read books at a German book store, and ordering an “Eis Becker” from a vendor in Boppard along the Rhine river—the common every day experiences— that I find myself treasuring the most. Germany is an adolescent nation, being born in its modern form in 1989 after the Berlin Wall fell. It is a nation with a young feeling yet an old world appreciation. Germany is an inspiration to me for having been only two generations ago the enemy of the world and now a beacon of freedom, justice, and progressive thought. The true German pride comes out especially in the midst of the Word Cup where German flags adorn homes and cars. Every time I see the black, red, and gold a sense of pride comes over me, as if Germany is my second homeland, a nation that I have come to appreciate through study and travel—a nation that I know I will return to many times.

Connecting with French families shayna leonard

It all began with a 10-hour plane ride. We left at 11 a.m., arrived at around noon Paris time. Being awake for 48 straight hours was actually an interesting way to start off our journey. We began travel- Parlez-vous francais? During the summer of 2010 French Club members from both ing to Strasbourg, CMR and Great Falls High went to France. Standing under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a town filled with travelers smile as they spend their last day in the city. Photo courtesty of Shayna culture and his- Leonard. tory. Their famous pened to be one of the smartest and sweetest church, “Notre Dame de Strasbourg,” rose girls I have ever met. above us. Necks cranked, heads straight up, Making a close friend in another country it seemed to almost fall over with the sky was the greatest experience on my trip, and moving behind it. Our first night consisted we hopefully plan on meeting up again in the of getting lost in a frightening part of the future. city, and my voyage began with the thought: Upon leaving our families, whom we grew “What did I get myself into?” to love, we made our way to Paris. Versailles, After three days, I grew to love the city, le Notre Dame de Paris, Les Catacombs, Le and leaving it for the next city Chamonix, was Louvre, Le Tour Eiffel, and an amazing bike a bit of a heartache. However, in time I grew tour of Paris were only a small part of our to love Chamonix Mont Blanc even more wonderful experiance. The art was remarkthan the first city. The Alps rose so high, we able, seeing the “Thinker” and “Venus de couldn’t see the tops of them. We spent one Milo” was absolutely fantastic. However, the day hiking through the gorges, and visiting Mona Lisa was not so impressive. a very depressing “puppy farm.” Although, One thing I will never forget about my the Saint Bernard dogs were the cutest things trip, is the amazing culture and cuisine that in the world, and bigger than my 5 foot self. French society revolves around. I got to try Next, came a week alone, with a French things I never even knew existed, and I know family. We all left the tight knit group with for a fact I will be visiting, or even living nervous hearts, but excited thoughts. My there, again soon! “host sister’s” name was Charlotte, and hap-

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CMR custodial staff improves building for the 10-11 school year austin lahr

Back row: Helena Candel, Maxime Gilson, Filippa Dahlkild, Julia Kurth, Lena Blassauer, Tony Carnevali Padilla Front row: Kirstine Nielson, Mira Rumpel, Pauline Roussez. Photo by Beth Britton.

Cultures converge at C.M. Russell Foreign exchange students from six countries travel to Montana to learn language, American customs Every year, CMR families host students from around the world. This year is no exception. Nine students have come from six different countries to learn our language and the way we live. Here’s a brief introduction to our visitors. Pauline Roussez Hazebrouck, France “It (Montana) is very amazing and very different than at home. People are nice with exchange student(s).” Julia Kurth Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany “Of course many people say Great Falls is a small town, but for me it is okay, because I come from a village.”

Helena Candel Munich, Germany “The landscape in Montana is beautiful. However, it’s very strange for me that so few people live in Montana.”

Mira Rumpel Berlin, Germany “BIG- everything’s huge! The milk containers, the muffins, Sam’s Club, and the distances!”

Tony Carnevali Padilla Monterrey, Mexico “(I came to America) to know how is the American culture, to think seriously about the college I want to go, to know different people.”

Filippa Dahlkild Jönköping, Sweden “I wanted to experience a new culture and be a real American high school student, and I wanted to learn better English and give myself a challenge.”

Kirstine Nielson Hoejmark, Denmark “I think America is interesting. So far I think Montana is great. Everybody (is) nice and welcoming.” Maxime Gilson Gembloux, Belguim “I wanted to discover the culture of the huge and great American country. I really appreciate the patriotic spirit of your country!”

Lena Blassauer Tauberbischofsheim, Germany “Since I was in the USA when I was three, I always wanted to come back, so I started searching what opportunities I have and found the perfect one for me—high school year.” by caitlyn aakre

Removing 6,000 pounds of unusable school materials from CMR’s basement was one of several renovations accomplished during the summer. “It was a dirty job and a ton of labor was involved,” CMR custodian John Hoenjet said. Yet the job only took three weeks to complete, and though the majority of the items that were stored were old desks and miscellaneous furniture from the 1960’s and beyond, there were a few rarities. “We found a lot of old pop cans with the original pull tabs along with old pictures and broken trophies from ’65 to ’73,” CMR custodian Bernard Tesch said. The removal of the three tons of “junk” as Tesch describes it was not the only stride to improve the school made by the custodial and engineering staffs. Among these was the installment of 16 new security cameras. New asphalt and concrete was laid in both the staff parking lot as well as around the walkway on the east side (or the docking area) surrounding the outside of the school known as the “apron.” Associate Principal Kerry Parsons said the apron was settling and needed to be reconstructed. A new trash compactor is also being placed at the docking area that Parsons assures will be more environmentally efficient. There are also several ongoing projects that are aimed at making CMR’s resources more productive, including the completion of mounting the LCD projectors to the ceilings of some rooms. Parsons said that the projectors were purchased a while ago.Another ongoing project is the grass field behind the main student lot, which is being converted into a work field for sports practicing and the P.E. classes. Although there has been quite a bit of time and effort put into making such renovations some could not come about due to ongoing acts of vandalism. The water fountains are one area Photos by Austin Lahr and Jordan Smith repeatedly vandilized. Parsons said that students have been removing the front plates and turning the spouts and in turn breaking them. The company that currently produces the water fountains has no way of replacing the items that have been defaced or broken therefore rendering a substantial number of the water fountains at CMR useless. “It’s a shame because the students are doing the damage and then their parents are the taxpayers that have to pay for those damages,” Parsons said.


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The Fall Sports Jumble

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The sports world is full of victories and defeats, highs and lows, and crazed fans. The fans are where the students of CMR come into play. CMR has 11 sports throughout the year and each one could use a little Rustler pride. I impeach upon the CMR staff and students to make every effort in the world to attend these games, meets, and matches. It means everything to the players who have prepared with blood, sweat, and tears to win their games and hold up the CMR name. And no, not just the varsity basketball and football players need the attention. Junior varsity and even freshman teams are a part of this school and deserve to be treated as such. Show up for an in-town cross country meet and cheer as your fellow Rustler’s race by. Use the ever popular golf clap at the Meadowlark Country Club to support the students of a calmer sport. Soccer, track, softball, wrestling, and swimming. Every sport has its own thrills and anticipation. Expand beyond what CMR students are used to and familiar

The CMR fall sports season is already off and running. With practices that started two weeks before school, these dedicated players are ready to get their games, meets, and matches under way.

Sept. 2, 2010 The Stampede


with. Isn’t CMR supposed to be about coming together and accepting everyone for who they are? Support your fellow classmates in what they love to do. When was the last time you decided to show up and cheer for the swimmers of CMR? They’ve won state three times in a row and some of the student population doesn’t even know. But everyone, even those who don’t attend the games, know that our football team won state last year. Every sport should get their props and it’s up to you, the students of CMR, to give them their credit. So the next time you’re finding yourself with a little extra time, throw on your CMR garb, grab your friends, and rally up some school spirit. It’s a simple step to including all CMR sports in the the Rustler pride. Not everyone is a player. That’s a given. But everyone and anyone can be a fan. All it takes is a little green and gold and the courage to take the first step towards a big improvement. So get out there and lose your voice screaming for CMR!


Soccer CMR girls soccer coach Rob Zimmerman switches from Mars to Venus as he prepares for a season with his girls. They play their first game Sept. 4 in Butte. Kicking off a new year, CMR boys soccer coach Darrin Schreder says with firm belief, “There’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to state.” The boys will get a chance to test their coach’s faith Sept. 4 in Butte.

Getting back into the swing of things, the CMR golf team started off at the Missoula Invitational on Aug. 17-18. The girls lost to Bozemon by 20 strokes. The boys achieved tenth place at the same invitational. On Aug. 23-24, at the Great Falls Invitational, the girls team returned the favor and defeated Bozemon by 15 strokes. The boys golf team placed at a strong ninth place. Their next meet is today.

Cross Country Setting off with a running start, the CMR Cross Country team has been amping up their miles. Coach Doug Darko made their longest run almost eight miles. “We’re excited. We have a great group of kids,” Darko said. The cross country team will have time trials in Cut Bank tomorrow.

Volleyball Football Under the Friday night lights in Helena on Aug. 28, the CMR football team played a hard battle against the Helena High Bengals. Although they lost 16-14, the boys have a chance to come back strong this Friday against Glacier at Memorial Stadium.

Although the scoreboard showed the CMR volleyball team only won one out of four games against Glacier and Flathead, the girls won first place in spirit. Those games took place Aug. 28 in Kalispell. The girls have a game today at CMR against Missoula Big Sky taking place at 7 p.m. They play again Sept. 4 against Missoula Sentinel in Missoula.


With their eyes on the prize, the CMR boys soccer team prepares for their first game at an early morning practice Aug. 20. Photo by Meg Smith.

Standing back and reflecting on a hole, junior Luke Stenzel relaxes for a moment at the Great Falls Invitational Aug. 23. Photo by Ryan Prosser.

After a run on an early Aug. 20 practice, coach Doug Darko high fives senior Hank Smith who has four years of cross country. Photo by Meg Smith.

Going for the fake, coach Brian Greenwell helps a player with the tactical side of football on Aug. 17. Photo by Megan Bernhardt.

With their first game in mind, two varsity volleyball players honed their skills at an Aug. 17 practice. Photo by Kristi Gange.

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1. Rustler golfers compte at MLCC on Aug. 24. 2 .CMR Boys Soccer drills for upcoming season Aug. 20. 3. Runner Arthur Warren builds endurance for the Cross Country season. 4. Varsity Football players prepare for a scrimmage Aug. 17. 5. CMR Boys Soccer refines skills Aug. 20. 6. Girls Volleyball tryouts Aug. 17. 7. Football players face off on the gridiron. 8. The CMR Fieldhouse played host to volleyball tryouts Aug. 17. 9. Coach Darko and senior Hank Smith take a break after a long practice Aug 20. Photos by Meg Smith, Megan Bernhardt and Ryan Prosser.




The Sept. 2010 issue of the C.M. Russell HIgh School Stampede.


The Sept. 2010 issue of the C.M. Russell HIgh School Stampede.